Saturday, February 1, 2014

Be still my soul



I didn't buy a ticket for this.  I didn't mean to even be here.  But I am here none the less.  This is a pretty big boat.  Out on uncharted water.  Oh there have been many to ride these waves.  They  lived to tell about it and I will too.  But this is my first time. 

"Be still my soul: the Lord is on thy side:
Bear patiently the cross of grief or pain:
Leave to thy God to order and provide:
In every change he faithful will remain."

I've never been good at being still or quiet.  But that is one of the requirements on this big boat. 
I've so many thoughts going on inside my head and I can't articulate them.  Not because I can't find the words.  Oh, I can find the words believe me.  But in this case, it's best I don't.  So I must sit still. 
Since I have ended up on this boat one thing has happened.  I have ended up at the feet of Jesus.  A place I am familiar with, but had left for a bit.  I thought I could just stand at a distance.  Come to find out, that doesn't work out to well. No, He beckons us back.  Which is a good thing being that is the best & safest place.

"Be still my soul: thy God doth undertake:
To guide the future as He has the past. 
Thy hope, thy confidence let nothing shake:
All now mysterious shall be bright at last.
Be still my soul: the wave and winds still know:
His voice who ruled them while He dwelt below."

While I have been on this boat and at His feet I have been reminded of many promises.  Things and people of this world will hurt.  Sometimes they will hurt you bad.  But they aren't permanent.  My GOD IS!.  The things and people of this world have never died for me.  HE DID!

And as the days click away on this boat and in this life, they are clicking quickly toward a return or a departure.  Either way, one sweet day I will literally be at His feet.  Casting my crowns.

"Be still my soul: the hour is hastening on:
When we shall be forever with the Lord,
When disappointment, grief, and fear are gone:
Sorrow forgot, love's purest joys restored. 
Be still my soul: when change and tears are past,
All safe and blessed we shall meet at last."

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